Shamwari Bayethe

Shamwari Bayethe

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The Ultimate in luxury tented safari

Absorb the pulse of the African bush from the viewing deck, framed by riverine trees and overlooking river pools where antelope venture for a twilight drink and crowned eagles glide on the darkening sky. Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, tented accommodation. Each of the nine tents are nestled along the bed of the river, camouflaged under trees allowing ample privacy and unsurpassed comforts. Early morning and evening game viewing drives in open land rovers as well as guided nature walks and bird watching are all part of this magnificent experience.

Shamwari is one of South Africa's most high-profile and innovative wildlife conservation areas and has had its 25th anniversary marked by achieving the acclaimed Fair Trade Tourism certification. To find out more about the Fair Trade Tourism, click here: In addition to offering a classic wildlife experience, the reserve incorporates the Ian Player Rhino Centre, the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and its own Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. 

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  • Malaria Free Safari
  • Tented Accommodation
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Big Five

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

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  • 12 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
Location Highlights

Shamwari Bayethe

  • approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth
228 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 208
  • Very Good 16
  • Average 4
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 19, 2018


St. Albans, United Kingdom

We spent the most memorable 3 nights in the Bayethe tented lodge in Shamwari. Accommodation, food and game drives absolutely fantastic. Beware the food is so good you need to make sure you take some loose fitting clothes!! I am quite a foodie and I was very impressed by the standard of the cuisine. The game drives were awesome. We had close encounters with elephants, rhino and lion. Saw them so close up. Our guide Jaco made sure we saw everything we possibly could and that we had some great experiences. Thank you Shamwari and Jaco for such a fantastic experience.
Dec 22, 2017

Wonderful safariexperience

Guernsey, United Kingdom

Situated about an hour or so drive from Port Elizabeth airport, we arrived mid-afternoon. As i'd been travelling for over 30 hours, it was nice to be greeted with a refreshing face cloth and a chilled drink. Lunch service had finished - I couldn't remember the last time i'd eaten and was starving. No problem.....Sat out on the deck, menu brought to me without any hesitation. Luggage was swiftly taken to our 'tent' The 'tent was a very good size, with everything one would need. A coal fire for winter months, sitting area, comfy beds, huge bathroom with a massive bath and a decent shower. On the deck, we had some loungers and a private plunge pool. Our ranger, Vuyo, was incredible, and has worked at Shamwari for 13 years, so his knowledge was excellent. Saw everything I wanted and more. Highlight was most definitely the 2 lots of lion cubs and a cheetah. Simply incredible. Food at Bayethe was outstanding, and there was a nice selection of drinks too. Included in our stay was a visit to the Born Free Foundation. Vuyo whisked us there, where we spent about an hour being shown around and hearing the stories of the Big Cats that reside there. It was truly remarkable. Excellent safari experience, wonderful accommodation, great food and delightful staff, all in a malaria free game reserve. Simply perfect.
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Swimming Pool

Whilst between games drives, why not take some timeout and make use of the outdoor deck and swimming pool.

Relaxation Retreat

Take time to rejuvenate your body,mind and soul at the Relaxation Retreat. A range of treatments are available for both men and women . Guests can either enjoy treatments at the Relaxation Retreat or in the comfort of your own room.

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Room Types

Bayethe Hills Superior Tents

The refined tents are shrouded by the rich vegetation, providing privacy and a feeling of seclusion with views of the African bush. 

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
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Food & Drink


Guests have access to indoor and outdoor dining facilities.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

All meals and game drives are included in the Full Board package. Beverages are excluded.

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